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Where have all our bus time tables gone?

8/5/12: Green councillors are urging Lancashire County Council must re-think their apparent decision to remove bus timetable information from many of the bus stops across the district - replacing them with an advertisement for a mobile phone service costing 25p for each enquiry.

The bus now arriving at Lancaster will be a secret

24/10/11: Local Green councillors have condemned Lancashire County Council's decision to switch off bus information displays at Lancaster bus station from 1st December 2011. "This is a dreadful decision," says County Councillor Sam Riches."We need to be encouraging people to use public transport and these displays are very important for making this easy and convenient for people.

All Aboard the Soccer Shuttle!

1/10/11: A private bus service to get Morecambe football fans to the Globe will be up and running in time for their home game against Wimbledon next Saturday. The news will be welcomed by the fans who have pointed to the lack of a public bus service to the Shrimps new ground, which it's claimed has damaged attendance.

Could Morecambe trains Go Electric again?

20/9/11: An electric train at Morecambe Promenade station in 1964. Photo, featured in "Little" North Western Railway, courtesy Martin Bairstow. Used with permission The possibility of the Morecambe line being included in the proposed North West Railway Electrification Scheme was raised at the City Council meeting earlier this month.

Rally for fair fares as tickets prices set to rise

10/8/11: On Tuesday we'll find out just how much fares will rise in January – the start of the whopping 28 per cent increases planned over the next four years if the Government gets its way.

Will the train now standing at Carnforth let passengers off?

15/7/11: Morecambe MP David Morris campaign to get West Coast trains to stop at Carnforth and let passengers on and off seems to be gathering momentum - although it has yet to get government backing.

High Sped Rail "essential', says government

15/7/11: Theresa Villiers MPDespite what looks like mounting opposition to its plans for a High Speed Rail line that will pass through Lancaster, the government is pushing forward with its support for the project - and has the backing of Lancaster MP Eric Ollerenshaw.

More freedom for Councils on transport - or will they take the blame for service cuts?

21/10/10: Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris challenged the Government on its commitment to public transport this week - especially buses - asking what the Department of Transport is doing to encourage bus companies to increase the number of services they provide in rural and small town locations.

Lancaster Bus Station Closure: Bus and Taxi Rank Information

3/8/10: Lancaster Bus Station will not be in use from Monday 9th August until the re¬opening at 0555 on Wednesday 18 August 2010 due to roadworks on Damside Street. During this closure, passengers should catch bus services from stops in the City Centre.

Fare freeze on local Hackney cabs

27/7/10: The cost of catching a Hackney cab in the Lancaster district will remain the same after Lancaster City Council decided to freeze fares. Members of the council’s Licensing Regulatory Committee decided to keep daytime fares the same at £2.30 for the first 880 yards and 20p for each subsequent 240 yards, meaning the cost of the first mile will remain at £3.03.

County's Barking Bus Stop Move Plan highlighted

29/6/10: Local drivers and residents have begun a campaign to stop Lancashire County Council from moving a bus stop near Lancaster's Pointer Roundabout -- back to where it was moved from less than 10 years ago because it caused major congestion. Lancashire County Council is planning to relocate the bus stop back to where it was sited previously, right next to the busy roundabout on Greaves Road.

Council continues talks on Shopmobility scheme

27/4/10: Lancaster City Council is in discussion with a local operator to resume the popular Shopmobility scheme in Lancaster.

Greens hit back at 'split' claim over High Speed Rail

23/4/10: Local Liberal Democrats have chosen the wrong target in their attempt to secure votes in the upcoming General Election, after falsely accusing local Greens of a 'split' on the proposed High Speed Rail Link.

Lancaster Free Bus Fare Funding Increase Welcomed

4/11/09: Green councillors have welcomed the news that the Department for Transport has substantially increased funding for the concessionary bus fares scheme in the Lancaster and Morecambe area. The DfT announced an increased cash grant earlier today to Lancaster City Council to fund its costs in running the concessionary bus fare scheme, rising from a proposed £510,000 for 2010/11 to £1.2 million.

City Council Faced Bankruptcy, Says Barry

27/2/09: The government and the national media are crowing about the "good news" regarding low council tax rises -- expected to average at around 3% across the UK as a whole. Locally however, councillors and staff having to implement wide-ranging service cuts to keep rises below the government's five per cent cap are far from happy.

Taxi driver's licensing appeal rejected

30/1/09: Magistrates have upheld a decision by Lancaster City Council’s Licensing Regulatory Committee to revoke a taxi driver’s licence after he letting down the tyres of a policeman’s fast response vehicle.